Designer Spotlight

On this edition of the RWQ Designer Spotlight series, fabric and pattern designer Amanda Murphy is here today to introduce her new patterns that were just released and will be available at your favorite fabric shop soon!

Amanda has added 8 new patterns to her portfolio that feature fabrics from her Swiss Chocolate and Veranda lines for Robert Kaufman. Several also include new fabrics from Laurie Wisbrun (Modern Whimsy) and Kona Solids.

I really enjoyed looking over the preview patterns Amanda sent to me. I think she has a great eye for modern design and came up with this clever poem to tell you all about her new patterns.

Be sure to click the links she included as they will take you to her blog and posts about each individual pattern!

“A big “thank you” to Ryan for inviting me to guest-blog,

Like many of you, of quilts I have a backlog.

So I thought I’d take a just minute or two,

To share some of my recent work with you.

I confess I have a crush on Kona, you see,

So designing for Robert Kaufman has been fortunate for me.

Such a wide range of colors I have in my stash –

If you came to my house we’d have a quilting bash!

That rainbow of colors covering my design wall

Inspired my new patterns debuting this fall.

First there’s Bedazzled, where one block design attains

The illusion of several interlocking chains!

Make some changes and add another block in

And Beribboned arrives where Bedazzled had been.

And if you, by chance, have holiday travel plans,

Yo-yos for Bejeweled would occupy your hands,

For quilters like to stay busy, when the work involves sewing,

(Of cleaning and dusting I claim not to be knowing.)

Bejeweled features Modern Whimsy, which is colorful fun,

Make some matching yo-yos and you are almost done!

And then there are reprints – designs from the past –

Instructions for which people have repeatedly asked…

Garden Jewels features Veranda, a favorite of mine,

Flying geese and bright colors are simply divine.

Caramel and Cocoa is a modern bargello,

That is great for modern prints or your favorite fellow.

You can make Garden Sampler to display on a bed.

The big blocks are quick with fabric and thread.

Also perfect for lots of feature prints, I think,

Is Cafe Mocha – so fun to sew. (Or to drink!)

But which wins my heart? My blog friends could guess.

Beflowered is my favorite, I must confess.

Triangles, hexes, and lots of flowers,

Came together in a design that kept me busy for hours.

But it was so gratifying to see my design plans

Emerge from fabric I cut with my own hands.

And that is why I love quilters, you see.

They value their friends and their art (and they even put up with this poem from me).

There is no greater gift that a quilter can impart

Than to use someone’s patterns to create their own art.

So on behalf of designers and in the spirit of celebration,

Thanks for giving life to our ideas with your creations!

Thanks again, Ryan, for inviting me to guest blog.”

Thanks so much Amanda for visiting with me today. I hope everyone enjoyed your poem as much as I did.

If you’d like to win a bundle of Amanda’s new patterns, please leave a comment on this post letting me know. Feel free to tell me what pattern is your favorite and what fabric you’d like to make it with!

Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted!

I will draw two winners using the Random Number Generator and announce them here in an upcoming post!

For a second chance to win, please visit Amanda’s blog because she’d also like to know what new pattern is your favorite!

All of Amanda’s patterns will be available soon at the Fat Quarter Shop!

Happy quilting,